Greg Marcus named new chair of United Way board

Four co-chairs also selected to run fundraising campaign

Greg Marcus of The Marcus Corp.

The United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County announced Wednesday night it had elected Greg Marcus, president and CEO of the Marcus Corp., to succeed Lubar & Co. president and CEO David Lubar as chairman of its board of directors.

United Way members gathered at the Downtown Kitchen in the U.S. Bank building on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
United Way members gathered at the Downtown Kitchen in the U.S. Bank building on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The organization also elected 11 new members to the board and recruited four co-chairs to run its 2016 Community Campaign.

Those co-chairs — Larry Blanton, senior vice president and general manager of MetalTek International; Jacqueline Herd-Barber, community volunteer; Richard Meeusen, chairman, president & CEO of Badger Meter, Inc.; and Steven SaLoutos, executive vice president of U.S. Bank — will run the organization’s annual fundraising campaign. The 2015 campaign raised more than $60 million.

“We are honored to have four incredibly talented and committed individuals to lead our 2016 community campaign,” said Mary Lou Young, United Way president and CEO. “These community leaders will be a driving force to continue to lead critical change in our four-county region.”

Here’s how each co-chair reacted to being selected to run the campaign:

Jacqueline Herd-Barber: “The key to social change in the Greater Milwaukee area is how we work together. “With the help of United Way, we engage everyday people to be a part of this change.”

Larry Blanton: “I am ready to do what is necessary to ensure the success of the community campaign across the four-county region. Only when we work together do we Live United. Big challenges can’t be solved by working in silos.”

Richard Meeusen: “I believe in United Way. They see the vision of everyone getting what they need – those building blocks for a good life – education, income and health. I’m happy and excited to be a part of United Way and help fulfill that mission.”

Steven SaLoutos: “Our community will only prosper and grow if all families are financially stable. Being from the banking industry allows me to bring a unique perspective on how to bring about change for those who may be struggling to meet their basic needs. I am up to the challenge to help ignite change in our community.”



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Ben Stanley
Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.